Dental Implants in Columbia, SC
Secure, Natural-Looking Tooth Restoration
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime; however, many adults will end up losing at least one tooth at some point. This can be a result of facial trauma, oral disease, or poor oral hygiene. When it comes to restoring missing or failing teeth, dental implants are a popular option that many patients turn to.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like healthy adult teeth. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery offers dental implants in Columbia, SC, to help our patients achieve complete and confident smiles. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons to learn more.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
When you chew, the root of a tooth stimulates the jaw bone, keeping it strong and healthy. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not receive stimulation in this area and begins to deteriorate over time. Jaw bone loss can cause facial features to sag, and the lack of a tooth can also lead to adjacent teeth shifting into the open space.
By replacing the missing tooth, you can prevent bone atrophy associated with tooth loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to the jaw like a tooth root, providing full function and protecting the jaw bone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- No Extra Maintenance. Care for your replacement tooth just like a natural tooth by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Protect Oral Health. Dental implants help prevent jaw bone atrophy and dental shifting while preserving facial structure.
- Stunning Results. The dental crown on your implant is custom-made to blend in with your other teeth for natural-looking results.
- Versatility. You can receive one implant, implant-supported bridges, or a completely new smile using implants to hold a fixed denture.
Types of Dental Implants
At the consultation, your oral surgeon will help you select the right type of implant based on the number of teeth you need to restore and your financial situation. There are many types of implant-based restorations available, making dental implant dentistry a possibility for more patients.
- Single Tooth Implants. We can place one dental implant anywhere you need a new tooth, including front teeth, canine teeth, and molars.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. An alternative to traditional bridges that rely on existing teeth for support, one self-supportive dental implant post can replace several missing teeth.
- Immediate Implants. As long as there is adequate jaw bone, we can place a dental implant on the same day as a tooth extraction, saving time and money.
- Full-Arch Restoration. This denture replacement uses several dental implant posts to support a fixed denture. Full-arch restoration is ideal for those missing most or all of their teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
During your first visit with an oral surgeon, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and create your custom treatment plan. This includes the type of anesthesia for the dental implant surgery. Most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure.
On the day of the surgery, we will administer the anesthesia. Once it has taken effect, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and insert the implant post. If you are receiving same-day dental implants, your surgeon will extract the tooth and then immediately replace it with an implant post. Sutures are placed as needed, and you will rest until you are ready to go home. You may wear a temporary crown until healing is complete.
It will take several months for the implant post to fuse to the jaw bone. Once fully healed, you will return for a second procedure to attach the abutment if this was not done previously. A restorative dentist will create and place your final crown, completing your dental implant treatment.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
The cost of a dental implant differs for everyone. The total cost will depend on how many implants you need, if you require additional procedures such as bone grafting or tooth extraction, your dental insurance, and the type of anesthesia. We will provide you with a cost estimate for your treatment at the consultation appointment.
Dentures and bridges may be cheaper upfront, but these options require replacements every few years. There is nothing fused to the jaw bone to support these traditional replacement options. This leaves you susceptible to jaw bone loss. If jaw bone loss becomes severe, it can require costly and complex bone repair in the future.
Your investment in a dental implant protects your jaw bone while providing you with total convenience. There are no special rinses or products necessary. With proper care and good oral hygiene, your dental implant can last a lifetime. Many patients who choose removable dentures or bridges first often switch to dental implants because of their high success rates, long-term results, and natural-looking appearance.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Full or partial dentures are helpful when restoring the appearance of missing teeth. However, patients who wear them often seek a healthier, more convenient option and turn to dental implants. This is because dentures often slip around in the mouth, cause oral sores, and are cumbersome when having to remove them for meals or brushing.
Dental implants bring stability to your smile. Multiple implants can secure a fixed denture through full-arch restoration, completely eliminating the need for removable dentures. Implant-supported bridges or single implants can replace partial dentures if you still have some remaining teeth. Explore your options for denture replacement in West Columbia, SC, today by contacting our office.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
Patients with severe periodontal disease or who take medications that suppress the immune system may not qualify for dental implants. Younger patients can receive implants as long as the jaw bone has finished developing, usually around the late teen years. In general, if you are healthy enough to undergo a general surgical procedure and have adequate jaw bone, you likely qualify for dental implants.
Does food get under dental implants?
Food can get stuck around or between dental implants just like natural teeth. Brush your teeth and gums twice per day, including your implants, to keep them clean and clear of debris.
What happens if you don't have enough bone for dental implants?
Bone grafting is a remarkable treatment that regrows bone where it is needed. If you lack sufficient bone for an implant, we can place a bone graft in the jaw. Your bone will heal over the graft, resulting in new bone that is healthy enough to support an implant.
Can I get gum disease after getting a dental implant?
Having dental implants does not eliminate the possibility of gum disease. Poor oral care can result in bacteria accumulating around the implant. Peri-implantitis is when gum disease develops around the implant, possibly resulting in implant failure. It's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease, with or without dental implants.
We Are Here for You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Our Columbia office is located north of Oak Grove off of US-378/Sunset Blvd. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Columbia, SC, today.